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Trinity News : November 2008
Following a day of author presentations and workshops with John Larkin and James Roy earlier in the year, the Junior School boys were once again given the opportunity to participate in a school writing contest. What was particularly pleasing in many entries was that boys had heeded the authors’ suggestions - to write about what they know. Further, James Roy explained that an author needs to “show, not tell” his audience what is happening, through the choice of language used, so that the mood and image is created in the reader’s mind. Gratifyingly, many of the entries received demonstrated good attempts at descriptive writing, imagery and atmospheric use of language. Another agreeable surprise was the exciting increase in the number of entries received. The 2008 Junior School Writing Competition saw seventy-five percent of boys in the Primary grades submitting work. Given free choice to write either a five hundred word short story or a sixteen line poem, the variety in subject and genre was quite amazing and all boys are to be congratulated for their efforts in taking the time to reflect, write, refine and submit their work. Mr Robert Dickins, Emeritus Head of English and long time editor of the prestigious Trinity Pressings and Mr Andrew Scott, Head of the TGS English Department graciously received and judged this year’s offerings. To them the Junior School is extremely grateful, not only for their recommendations, but also for their encouragement to the boys. They wrote a personal comment on each of the winning works and their general closing comment is written below. “All the items were thoroughly enjoyable – congratulations to our young writers! It was wonderful to see their imagination at work, and we were impressed by the standard of writing, both prose and verse. It is very encouraging to see such good work in the early years. We hope the boys keep writing and perhaps they may find their work printed in Trinity Pressings one day.” Competition winners this year from each grade are: Nathan Chin, Year 6 for his short story, The Kite Flyer James Doumanis, Year 5 for his poem entitled Kalymnos Lachlan Burgess, Year 4 for his story, The Drekoyle and Ethan May, Year 3 for his untitled description in the genre of people. Highly commended are: Rhyme of the Young Trumpeter by Daniel Pfeiffer, Year 6 The Maze by Caleb Walker, Year 6 The Joy of Writing by James Gray, Year 6 Colours of the Rainbow by Calvin Fong, Year 4 Especially to be encouraged are: Julian Ferrone 3M, Saahil Khan 3D, Martin Floro 3D and William Kinmont 3M. Whilst these boys have all been acknowledged with awards, the announcement of the overall winner for this year’s competition will be made at Presentation Day, later in the year. Well done to every boy who entered the competition. Keep reading and keep writing! Rhonda Wadds I TESS I G&T, JS On April 14, eleven Junior School boys, nine parents, Mr Lubrano and Ms Bookluck departed for the China Tour. The first stop on the tour was Beijing, home of the 2008 Olympics. The first day in Beijing involved a visit to our link school Renda Fuxiao where the boys were able to gain an appreciation of the Chinese school system and practise their Mandarin with other students. In the afternoon the boys enjoyed touring the Summer Palace with its ornamental gardens, lake and characteristic pavilions. The next day was definitely the highlight of the tour with a visit to Ming Dynasty Tombs, the Sacred Walk and The Great Wall in the afternoon. The boys, Mr Lubrano and a number of parents were delighted by climbing to the end of a restored section of the Wall. That evening the tour group enjoyed a traditional Peking Duck dinner. Beijing still had a number of attractions for the tour group which included Tiananmen Square, the Imperial Palace and Forbidden City as well as visiting the Olympic site to see the Birds’ Nest Stadium. The boys also experienced a Hutong tour through the old villages in Beijing, as well as bargaining with the locals at the markets and enjoying an acrobatic show. Next stop was Xian where the tour marvelled at the architecture of the City Wall and the history of the Terracotta Warriors. The final stop was Shanghai where the tour enjoyed visiting the TV tower and the Yu Garden markets. Overall, the tour group enjoyed the Chinese culture and gained a better appreciation of the history, development and growth of China. | Phyllis Bookluck 40 TRINITY NEWS Ready to climb the Great Wall CHINA TOUR